Snapper Point Beach
Darkinjung & Guringai Country

15 min to 30 min

620 m
return

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Very challenging
Snapper Point Beach is an informal name for the small beach between Frazer Beach and Snapper Point. This walk starts from the great views of the sea cave and leads out to Snapper Point. Here, the walk turns right and follows the shore to the lifebuoy, then across the rocks to the secluded beach. The high grade on this walk is due to the risk associated with walking on the rock ledge, please take care. The notes mention an alternate route that can be used as a shortcut back to the car park. Let us begin by acknowledging the Darkinjung & Guringai people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Snapper Point Carpark. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Snapper Point Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Snapper Point Sea Cave. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Start of the Snapper Point management trail. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Walking through the heath towards Snapper Point. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Views opening up at Snapper Point. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Snapper Point. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Memorial at Snapper Point. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Sign and intersection at Snapper Point. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Walking towards Snapper Point beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Looking across rocks to Snapper Point beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Crossing rocks on the eastern side of Snapper Point beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Crossing rocks on the eastern side of Snapper Point beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Water on rocks at Snapper Point beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Snapper Point beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Some rubbish on Snapper Point beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Looking out from Snapper Point beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
Looking south west from Snapper Point beach. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2010.
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Warning
This journey requires significant bushwalking experience, specialised equipment and navigation skills.
Please ensure you and your group well prepared and equiped for this journey.

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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-33.1862367,151.6279294)
Mode Car (A park entry fee is required for driving into the park.)
DirectionsFrom Pacific Motorway Onramp
  • Turn on to Motorway Link Offramp then drive for 16.5 km
  • Turn right onto Kanangra Drive and drive for another 1.7 km
  • Turn left onto Campbell Drive and drive for another 670 m
  • Continue onto Campbell Drive and drive for another 1.5 km
  • Turn slight left onto Campbell Drive and drive for another 2.9 km
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the Snapper Point car park (at the end of Snapper Point Rd), this walk heads around the locked metal gate and follows the wide management trail lined with thick heath. The trail soon bends right and comes to a grassy clearing with wide ocean views (with Frazer Beach to the right) and a 'Life Buoys' sign.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
Find the Snapper Point Car Park at the start.
Snapper Point Cave Lookout (about 15 m back from the start).
Snapper Point Cave Lookout
Snapper Point Cave Lookout

The Snapper Point Cave Lookout is on the northern side of Snapper Point car park (at the end of Snapper Point Rd). The fenced lookout enjoys views over a large inlet with a Frazer Blowhole and the large sea cave. The cave was mined for pebbles during 1975/76. Now protected as part of the State Conservation Area, the cave and this inlet stands as a monument to the struggle of power between the sea and the rocks.
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The Snapper Point Cave Lookout is on the northern side of Snapper Point car park (at the end of Snapper Point Rd). The fenced lookout enjoys views over a large inlet with a Frazer Blowhole and the large sea cave. The cave was mined for pebbles during 1975/76. Now protected as part of the State Conservation Area, the cave and this inlet stands as a monument to the struggle of power between the sea and the rocks.

After another 15 m head through/around the gate.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. An optional side trip to Snapper Point Memorial. To start this optional side trip continue straight here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 40 m veer right.
After another 100 m veer left.
Continue another 130 m to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 310 m to get back to the start.
About 10 m past the end is "Snapper Point Beach".
Snapper Point Beach
Snapper Point Beach

Snapper Point Beach is an informally named beach, just north of Frazer Beach and south of Snapper Point. The deep south-west facing sandy beach has a rock platform either side. Some rusted rubbish has washed up on the beach but otherwise the beach feels remote and secluded. Access to the beach is possible along the rocky shore line, but only during low tides and low seas.
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Snapper Point Beach is an informally named beach, just north of Frazer Beach and south of Snapper Point. The deep south-west facing sandy beach has a rock platform either side. Some rusted rubbish has washed up on the beach but otherwise the beach feels remote and secluded. Access to the beach is possible along the rocky shore line, but only during low tides and low seas.


An optional side trip to Snapper Point Memorial.
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
After another 55 m come to the end.
"Snapper Point Memorial".
Snapper Point Memorial
Snapper Point Memorial

Snapper Point is located north-east of Frazer Beach and is home to a memorial to 7 lives lost on this point in the ten years before 1979 (when the plaque was placed). Since then, three more names have been added to the memorial. Please heed the warning and avoid your name appearing here. Snapper Point is a popular rock fishing spot, with a large flat platform providing great panoramic views of the ocean. A 'Life Buoy' sign points to two nearby floatation aids if needed.
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Snapper Point is located north-east of Frazer Beach and is home to a memorial to 7 lives lost on this point in the ten years before 1979 (when the plaque was placed). Since then, three more names have been added to the memorial. Please heed the warning and avoid your name appearing here. Snapper Point is a popular rock fishing spot, with a large flat platform providing great panoramic views of the ocean. A 'Life Buoy' sign points to two nearby floatation aids if needed.

Turn around and retrace your steps back the 55 m to the main route.
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Terrain
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Snapper Point Beach


Grading
Class 5/6
Very challenging
Length 620 m
Time 15 min to 30 min
Quality of track Rough unclear track (5/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage No directional signs (5/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required High level of bushwalking experience recommended (5/6)
Weather Forecasted & unexpected severe weather likely to have an impact on your navigation and safety (5/6)
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